Steelers coach accused of defacing rental home

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Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and his wife are being sued in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, accused of defacing a $1.4 million home they were renting to own in Upper St. Clair.

According to the complaint filed by the property owner, Williamson and Jefferson, which builds luxury homes, the Haleys rented the home on Hunters Path Lane in August 2012 for $6,000 per month, with an agreement to purchase it within 45 days of the closing of the couple's house that was being sold in Mission Hills, Kan.

Mr. Haley previously served as head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Steelers.

On June 25, the lawsuit said, the Haleys sought a six to 12-month extension on their lease, writing in an email that they were having difficulties in the Kansas sale, because the new owners were alleging an infestation of brown recluse spiders. They said they were facing a possible lawsuit there for nondisclosure even though, Christine Haley wrote, they had no problems with the spiders when they lived there.

Frustrated that it was never informed of the sale of the Kansas home, Williamson and Jefferson declined the extension.

When that occurred, the lawsuit said, the Haleys "responded by deliberately stripping the [Upper St. Clair] property of all manner of built-in fixtures, appliances and other improvements on the premises; unlawfully taking the foregoing items with them when they moved out, and causing extensive damage."

Among the missing items, plants and shrubbery, toilets, bathtubs, water heaters, appliances, kitchen counter top, light fixtures, cabinetry, plumbing fixtures and a built-in outdoor gas grill.

"In the wake of the Haleys' egregious breaches and failures, the property was left in disarray and wholly unmarketable for sale," the lawsuit said.

The complaint includes a claim for breach of contract and also alleges that the Haleys failed to pay a required third deposit on the home of $17,500 despite written assurances.

James McLean, an attorney for the Haleys, said the couple deny the allegations.

"The Haleys deny they 'trashed' the house when the builder forced them to leave. The items removed from the house were all appliances and improvements the Haleys had paid for and installed when the work was not done by the builder and the removal was done by professional contractors. The builder has also refused to return a $62,000 deposit owed to the Haleys. The lawsuit was unnecessary but after it was filed and the Haleys asserted claims of their own, the parties agreed to submit their disputes to mediation. The Haleys are hopeful the matter can be resolved amicably through the mediation.

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Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2620 or on Twitter @PaulaReedWard. First Published October 8, 2013 2:29 PM


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